The Atlantis astronauts deployed a small Defense Department satellite testbed on July 20, as they checked out shuttle flight control and communications systems for their descent to Earth. The 26-year-old orbiter is scheduled to touch down at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on July 21 at 5:56:58 a.m. EDT, bringing an end to NASA’s shuttle program after three decades and 135 missions. A favorable weather outlook for the STS-135 crew — commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission ...

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